Drug Safety

South Hadley, MA
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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Although I'm sure alcohol and drugs are available if desired, in my experience it's very easy to have a social life without confronting either. I have not been pressured at all to drink/do drugs and have a circle of friends who don't do either.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have never heard a story of a student feeling pressured to drink at gatherings. In fact, most students at Mount Holyoke refrain from the "party atmospheres" that would involve dangerous drugs or too much alcohol.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a very refined atmosphere here at Mount Holyoke and very few people subject themselves to these influences.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's very "live and let live" at this school. There is little partying though.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As far as I am aware, there is not a lot of pressure to use drugs or alcohol. It really depends on what your group of friends is interested.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 267th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 516th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 613rd
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 654th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 820th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

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Alessandra Hickson
Philadelphia, PA
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Drugs exist on the MHC campus, but in general, the drug scene is pretty tame. Yes, alcohol is ever-present (often hidden away in a secret stash in your room or your friend’s room), but as one student said, serious abuse of any drug, including alcohol, is rare. There are far more alcohol-related referrals than drug-related referrals, which tells you something right there—you won’t find many hardcore drugs on this campus. It’s also significant that there are many more referrals than arrests. Public Safety is not likely to arrest you for alcohol use—things just don’t get that wild, although you can still get caught for excessive drinking, and then you’ll probably get referred to a treatment program.

You can completely avoid the drug scene at Mount Holyoke if you want to because it’s not that pervasive. However, if you remain at the school for any length of time, you’ll probably encounter at least one person who regularly gets drunk or high. The trick is, if you are such a person, keep things carefully concealed because if you’re caught, you’ll get a bad reputation. Besides alcohol, caffeine is probably the most widely used drug—the favorite of students pulling all-nighters.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project (ADAP)
Room 110, Pattie Groves Health Center
(413) 538-2616
Individual counseling and counselor-facilitated groups, peer support groups, network of recovering alumnae, workshops and other educational materials

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 37 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 28% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 56% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 14% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 3% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 27% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 59% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 11% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% Practically unlimited.
  • 42% Somewhat abundant.
  • 39% Somewhat limited.
  • 17% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 33% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 67% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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